It’s fair to label Cleveland an old city, given that its founding (July, 1796) predates by several months the inauguration of our second U.S. president, John Adams.
It’s just as reasonable to think of Cleveland as a city growing younger by the day. Cleveland ranks among top 10 U.S. cities for population growth of college-educated millennial residents. Downtown Cleveland has seen a 76 percent increase in 25- to 34-year-old residents from 2000 to 2012. As of 2012, 63 percent of Downtown Cleveland residents were millennials – compared to 20 percent in the Greater Cleveland metro area and 23 percent of the overall U.S. population.
Old and new. Traditional industries and surging technology. Initial round investor funding and Fortune 500 status. Maybe what inspires most about Cleveland’s future is a comfort with merging past and present. Like when a downtown software start-up delivers logistics and operations upgrades to one of the region’s old guard financial services, manufacturing or transportation companies.
“Comebacks” can spin quickly into cliché among cities like ours. Let’s just say that as a business student, you have a lot to look forward to within a changing Cleveland economy.
Inspiring Cleveland AT-A-GLANCE
Here’s an at-a-glance view of what’s happening that we find to be inspiring:
Boost Your Tech IQ
As someone observed, it’s 2017 — every job is a technology job. A hub for Cleveland’s tech scene is industry champion OHTec which runs Tech Week, the annual Best of Tech Awards, the CoolTech Challenge and the CIO Symposium. For other tech events – including seminars, networking events and forums - as well as tech tools and resources check out Cleveland Tech Events and TechPint.
Inspired Start-Up Success Stories
Cleveland’s entrepreneurs increasingly marry big-data insights with some of the region’s core strengths in biomedicine, transportation and manufacturing. Accelerator BioEnterprise has helped more than 350 life science companies raise more than $2 billion in new funding and expanded or relocated 60+ biomedical companies to Cleveland — part of Cleveland’s emerging HealthTech Corridor. Other start-up success stories include: Remesh, LineStream Technologies, Buyerquest’s, Within3, DecisionDesk, LeanDog and the ever popular Great Lakes Brewing Co.